The Chicago Blackhawks made headlines earlier this season when they fired three-time Stanley Cup winning head coach Joel Quenneville, ending a wildly successful run that returned the franchise to the top of the NHL after years of heartache. Jeremy Colliton was hired as the 38th head coach in franchise history, now the NHL’s youngest head coach at 33.
On Friday, the Hawks made another coaching change, bringing Sheldon Brookbank on board as an assistant coach on the Hawks Colliton’s staff. In addition, Anders Sörensen will replace Brookbank as an assistant coach for the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.
Brookbank was on the same coaching staff as Colliton before he made the jump to the big league back in November.
Here is the full statement and press release from the Blackhawks. You get more details on the career of Brookbank and the impact he is expected to have on the Hawks' roster this season.
Brookbank, 38, was in his second season as assistant coach for the IceHogs. As a member of Colliton's staff in Rockford last season, Brookbank helped the IceHogs to a 40-28-4-4 record and their first-ever 2018 AHL Western Conference Finals after sweeping Chicago in the Division Semifinals and sweeping Manitoba in the Division Finals before losing to Texas, four-games-to-two. The 2017-18 season marked his first coaching professional hockey.
Prior to his coaching career, Brookbank helped the Blackhawks to the 2013 Stanley Cup and appeared in 74 games across two seasons (2012-14) with Chicago, notching eight points (3G, 5A). He spent parts of eight seasons in the National Hockey League, compiling 44 points (7G, 37A) and 473 penalty minutes in 351 career games with the Nashville Predators (2006-07), New Jersey Devils (2007-09), Anaheim Ducks (2009-12) and Blackhawks.
The Lanigan, Saskatchewan, native finished his professional career in 2016-17 with the AHL's Cleveland Monsters, where he registered one assist. Brookbank compiled 126 points and 972 penalty minutes during 367 career AHL contests spanning parts of eight seasons with the Grand Rapids Griffins (2001-03), Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (2003-05), Milwaukee Admirals (2005-07), Lowell Devils (2007-08) and Cleveland. He won the Eddie Shore Award as the AHL's best defenseman during the 2006-07 season with Milwaukee. He also spent one season in the Kontinental Hockey League with Ak Bars Kazan in 2014-15 and the following season with Lukko Rauma in Finland's Liiga.
Sörensen, 43, is in his fifth season as development coach for the Chicago Blackhawks. Prior to working with the Blackhawks, the Södertälje, Sweden, native spent the 2014-15 season as head coach of the Chicago Mission U16 club and the 2010-11 season as head coach of the Chicago Mission U18 team. Sorensen was previously an assistant coach with the Swedish Hockey League's Södertälje from 2011-13 before serving as interim head coach in October 2013.
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